Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a range of conditions classified as neurodevelopmental disorders. People diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder present with two types of symptoms: problems in social communication and social interaction, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities.

Design considerations

When we design for people with ASD, we need to provide:

  • Simple color palettes.
  • Content written in plain English.
  • Simple sentences and bullets.
  • Descriptive buttons and links (“attach files”).
  • Simple and consistent layouts.

We need to avoid:

  • Using bright contrasting colors.
  • Using figures of speech and idioms.
  • Creating large blocks of text.
  • Vague or unpredictable buttons or links (“click here”).
  • Building complex and cluttered layouts.

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